Above: A portrait of The Time correspondent W.H. Russel
The Times correspondent W.H.Russell reported in September 1855 how 'in the hour of their illness' men from the Army Work Corps in particular, had 'found a kind and successful physician' in Seacole, who 'doctors and cures all manner of men with extraordinary success'.
“I trust that England will not forget one who nursed her sick, who sought out her wounded to aid and succour them, and who performed the last offices for some of her illustrious dead”.
The Times War Correspondent, Sir William H Russell, writing about Mary Seacole in 1857
Above: Detail from a Victorian photograph of Mary Seacole. Photograph: Amoret Tanner.
“Was she important? Well, the military was quick to honour her. Does she threaten Nightingale? No. Nightingale developed modern nursing and training. Seacole reigned on the battlefield. It's not a competition. And, guess what, it is possible for a person of colour to gain prominence for reasons other than political correctness”
Hugh Muir in The Guardian newspaper, 2013